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Good sleep is difficult to come by these days as we deal with life during a pandemic.
When high or persistent levels of stress are present, sleep is often one of the first areas of your life that may be impacted. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, sleep disturbance is the second most common symptom that an individual is under mental distress.
People tend to notice increased anxiety during periods of quiet or downtime — like bedtime — when we are no longer able to be distracted from thoughts and feelings of stress and worry. This results in trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, insomnia, interrupted sleep, or shallow, restless sleep due to the mind racing.
Lack of sleep leads to more anxious feelings and a whole host of other health issues. Good sleep hygiene can help you stay healthy by keeping your mind and body rested and strong.
Here are seven Do’s to improve your sleep hygiene:
Here are seven Don'ts that can disrupt your sleep:
If you or a member of your family would benefit from working with a therapist, please contact Linden Oaks Behavioral Health at 630-305-5027 for a free, confidential behavioral health assessment.
Are you in need of a good night’s sleep? Explore sleep services at Edward-Elmhurst Health.
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